In a shocking twist when it comes to the world of artificial intelligence, robots are now teaching humans how to be more humane.








  • twist –an unexpected and significant development
  • spin –  a special point of view, emphasis, or interpretation presented for the purpose of influencing opinion
  • to notify – to inform (someone) of something, typically in a formal or official way
  • cue – a signal for someone to do something
  • compassion – a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for somebody who is stricken by misfortune (compassionate – adjective)
  • surveillance – the act of watching a person (or a place), especially a person believed to be involved with criminal activity
  • engrained  (an alternative spelling of ingrained) – (of beliefs, attitudes, or habits) so established that they are difficult to change



Ask and answer the questions below in pairs or with your teacher.

  • Do you think robots will ever have emotions or be able to love?
  • If you had a robot, what would you like it to do?
  • Do you think people will have robots as companions, instead of a pet?
  • Have you ever felt as though you were a robot?
  • What would society be like if robots took over our jobs?
  • Do you think robots will take over the world one day?

Practice Makes Perfect

Use the words below to fill in the gaps in the sentences below. Go to Robots are teaching humans to be more compassionate to check your answers.

                         twist                     notify                   engrained                        
  cues                     compassionate                 surveillance


1. As artificial intelligence becomes more  ………… in our lives and our careers, it will be more common to see robots  improve our jobs rather than take them.

2. The suspects on that list are already under  ………… by law enforcement.

3. The program’s intention is to have one better understand how to communicate more efficiently with customers by analyzing their  vocal  ……. .

4. This fight was the biggest ………. in our relationship.

5. This new program is designed to  ………. the call center employee if they are speaking too quickly, too loudly or if they have remained quiet for a given amount of time.

6. Having heard the story the man looked at him and put a  ………… hand on his shoulder.

Key: 1. ingrained; 2. surveillance;  3. cues; 4. twist; 5. notify; 6. compassionate

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David Hanson’s robot faces look and act like yours: They recognize and respond to emotion, and make expressions of their own. Here, an “emotional” live demo of the Einstein robot offers a peek at a future where robots truly mimic humans.


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